(District-North 24 Parganas)
On 21st August, 2022 at 1630 hrs, troops of Border Out Post Samshernagar, 118 Battalion under South Bengal Frontier rescued 02 Bangladeshi fishermen from drowning in Haribhanga River.
The jawans on duty told that these fishermen along with their other friends were fishing in the Haribhanga river of the Sundarbans area with the help of a boat. Suddenly their boat capsized due to bad weather. At the same time, the troops on duty rescued both the fishermen with the help of Indian fishermen by putting their lives in risk. The rescued fishermen have been identified as Md. Hanif Maula (50) and Md. Salim Holder (21), Bangladesh.
The rescued fishermen were handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh as a gesture of humanity and goodwill.
Shri R K Tripathi, Commanding Officer of 118 Battalion expressed happiness over this commendable work of the jawans and stated that BSF is with the Border people in every happiness and sorrow along with curbing the crimes on the Border. He further stated that the Border Security Force is always ready to help the Border residents, whether it is Corona period or ordinary situation.
It was a group of 9 Bangladesh fishermen who got stranded in the river due to damage of crank saft of their boat. They were helped by other fishermen and their boat was toed to a place where it was tied to a tree. But weather got worse and their boat sank in the water and they all started swimming to save themselves. One Indian fishermen spotted these 2 fishermen and helped them. In the meantime BSF floating BOP was also passing through that area and saw all this. BSF personnel extended support and these 2 fishermen were brought on to the floating BOP. They were badly tired, shivering and were almost out of their senses. They were given immediate First Aid and were brought to their senses. After inquiring from the BSF party came to know that they are BD nationals. BSF pers gave them their own clothes and were offered food. They were kept at the floating BOP till recovered fully. BGB was informed and finally both the fishermen were handed over to BGB. As narrated by Amerish Arya , DIG , BSF, South Bengal Frontier.
Source : BSF